Lockdown, furlough and homeschooling

Published: 01/09/2020 By Hemlata Raj

Covid 19 has turned the year 2020 upside down, it has forced us all to make so many changes and reassess our lives.

Being on furlough provided me with the opportunity to catch up with myself and be with my family. Over the last few years, life has always been so hectic, we never really spend quality time with each other. As much as I worried that I may not have a job at the end of lockdown, I tried to make the most of the precious time I had been given and can only really take positives from my situation.

The only negative I would say is that I spent a great deal more time in the kitchen ! But my kids have remained healthy throughout with fruit breaks and lots of different cooked meals we normally wouldn’t have. Our favourite new dish has been Turkey Enchiladas !

Home-schooling the kids has been an extremely challenging task as they are both different ages, my 11year old is pretty self-sufficient and gets on with things but my 4 year old has the attention span of a goldfish ! Nevertheless, I managed to teach him the entire alphabet, he can now count to 30 and do basic addition! Pretty pleased with my efforts I must say! Both are starting new schools in September, so I definitely felt some pressure to make sure they are as prepared as possible for what’s to come.

TV was not so interesting over lockdown however my husband and I binge watched ‘Kingdom’ on Netflix and I really enjoyed ‘The Secret She Keeps’ on BBC 1, catch it on IPlayer if you get the chance. We had lots of movie nights with the children, we even made pretend cinema tickets as we couldn’t do the real thing.

Although going out and about was restricted during lockdown, we went on our daily walks as a family and discovered places we never knew existed around our local area.

No gym meant lots of home workouts! It all started off with speed walking around the garden, then Joe Wickes with the kids and a bit of yoga here and there with my husband. But then I pushed myself a bit further and started couch to 5k! My husband eventually managed to get hold of some weights and we now have our own mini gym.

Being back in the office has been a welcomed change to the chaos of home. I was certainly nervous about returning to work as it had been so long. However, after the first couple of hours it was as though I had never been away. tba has made it as safe as possible for us to return to work not only in the office but by allowing us to work from home on alternate weeks. I just sit with my back to all the toys and the laundry which never seems to go away…